In Love With: Frankincense Oil

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Oh, where to begin with this heavenly oil? This oil is miraculous and perhaps the most precious of the ancient oils. Frankincense Oil is renown for it’s many incredible healing benefits due to it’s properties as an antiseptic, disinfectant, astringent, carminative, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, digestive, diuretic, emenagogue, expectorant, sedative, tonic, uterine and vulnerary substance.

Frankincense Oil is extracted from the gum or resin from Frankincense or Olibanum trees, whose scientific name is Boswellia Carteri.  Frankincense has been a popular ingredient in cosmetics and incense burners for centuries. It has even been found in the remains of ancient Egyptian and Anglo-Saxon civilizations. It is closely associated with religious traditions and rites, particularly in the Christian tradition. Frankincense oil has been used to awaken our spiritual awareness and connect with spirit for 5000 years or more. It will help us release parts of our ego which hold us back from connecting with our soul, as well as feelings of unworthiness and insecurity.

Skin Health:

  • tones and lifts skin, heals and protects skin (against  boils, wounds, acne and other skin maladies), fades and heals scars
  • promotes regeneration of healthy cells and keeps existing cells and tissues health
  • eliminates germs (either by burning resin or applying oil topically)

Frankincense Oil promotes regeneration of healthy cells and also keeps the existing cells and tissues healthy. When you combine this aspect of frankincense oil with its powerful astringent capabilities, you have a potent anti-aging quality that frankincense oil is often used for. It can help you to eliminate sun spots, remove micro-wrinkles around the eyes and cheeks, and generally tone and tighten skin all over your body, while simultaneously replacing old or dying cells with new, healthy ones!

Internal Health:

  • acts as a sedative, great for insomnia, helps anxiety, anger and stress.
  • relieves pain associated with rheumatism, arthritis, etc., soothes inflammation.
  • improves digestion and alleviates gas, abnormal sweating, uneasiness, and indigestion
  • promotes urination to purify the body and reduce bloating
  • helps regulate estrogen production and delayed menstruation. Helps PMS symptoms and pain.
  • relieves cough and phlegm, bronchitis, and congestion
  • relieves body pain, headache, toothache and rise in body temperature (fever) associated with sickness
  • tones up all the systems operating in the body: respiratory, digestive, nervous and excretory systems
  • strengthens absorption of nutrients in the body

Overall, Frankincense essential oil tones and boosts health and is therefore considered a tonic. It benefits all the systems operating in the body, including the respiratory, digestive,  nervous and excretory systems, while also increasing strength by aiding the absorption of nutrients into the body. Furthermore, frankincense oil strengthens the immune system and keeps you strong and protected for the future.

Suffering from Anxiety or Stress?

Frankincense Oil is very effective as a sedative, because it induces a feeling of mental peace, relaxation, satisfaction and spirituality. It also awakens insight, makes you more introspective and lowers anxiety, anger and stress. When feeling anxious or if you anticipate some sort of stressful episode, add some frankincense oil to a diffuser or a vaporizer. Frankincense essential oil promotes deep breathing and relaxation, which can open your breathing passages and reduce blood pressure, moving your mental state back to calmness.

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How I use Frankincense Oil:

I have both undiluted frankincense oil and frankincense oil that is diluted in jojoba oil (pictured above). Both of these are great but I like to use them for different reasons.

I use undiluted frankincense oil directly on my skin and it has never caused any irritation though you should always patch test when using essential oils. If I have a stubborn pimple or any patch of redness, I directly apply the undiluted oil to the spot with a cotton pad and within 1-2 nights the pimple and/or irritation is gone. The biggest difference I have noticed in my skin since using this oil is that when I wake up my skin literally glows and feels so incredibly soft.

I use the diluted oil as a treatment for Fibromyalgia. I apply a generous amount to the back of my neck before bed and it has helped to reduce my pain greatly. I also like to apply it to my stomach whenever I am having discomfort as it has many digestive benefits. Because this oil can be so beneficial for chronic pain, I have started to apply it to my lower abdomen/uterus area every other night to hopefully help with my Endometriosis pain.

When I am having an anxiety attack or just feeling generally stressed, I put some undiluted oil on a cotton pad and take a deep breath. I will also leave the cotton pad under my pillow case to help me have a deep sleep. It is amazing how just a few whiffs of this oil can help immediately reduce stress and anxiety.  Another great way to use this oil is to put a few drops in your bath and soak in it. It will help to relax your muscles and your mind! I am researching taking this oil internally and plan to take 1-2 drops daily for digestive and immune health but want to make sure I am using the best brand before I do that.

Frankincense Oil blends well with Lime, Lemon, Orange and other Citrus oils as well as Benzoin, Bergamot, Lavender, Myrrh, Pine and Sandalwood oil but my favorite thing to blend Frankincense with is Myrrh. the two of these oils work like magic together.

I also love to use Lavender Oil for anxiety. The two of these oils together = bliss.

Note: There are no known adverse side effects. That being said, frankincense essential oil should not be used during pregnancy, since it does act as an emmenagogue and astringent. Check with your doctor before ever using an essential oil internally.

Where To Purchase Frankincense Oil:

My personal favorites are the Aura Cacia Frankincense Oil or Bali Botanic Frankincense Oil

MY OTHER FAVORITE REMEDIES FOR ANXIETY, STRESS & INSOMNIA:

Have you ever used Frankincense Oil? What are your thoughts? Please share in the comments!

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xoxo,

Britanie

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60 thoughts on “In Love With: Frankincense Oil

  1. I like it mixed with any of the citrus essential oils, but I really love mixing it with grapefruit essential oil. Frankincense is lovely. Great tribute to this e/o!

  2. This oil has many awesome properties! How would you use this for help with digestive problems like constipation or blotting? Also, do you like to use this as a daily moisturizer?

    Great post 🙂

    1. For digestive health you can use the oil directly on your stomach to help with bloating, cramping, etc. As for heartburn and constipation, taking it internally would be the best way to help alleviate those problems but I would do research on that and/or talk to your doctor before ingesting it. I am researching that right now because so many people take it internally and swear by it for digestive health among other things! I do like to use it as a daily moisturizer but I prefer to use it at night as a deep treatment 🙂 It is incredibly moisturizing.

      1. Is Fankinsense suppose to feel sticky when applied to the skin? What do you use in the morning to wash it off.

  3. Frankincense is one of my favorites! You know I’m a fan of the Zum Rub in Frankincense & Myrrh — I truly believe Frankincense is one of those amazing anti-acne treatments! I’ve never tried it internally, but I love that EOs can have so many uses. Great post! xoxo

  4. I was introduce to essential oils a few years back by our natural healer, Dr.C. She advice us to start with Thieves, Peppermint and Frankincense. Recently, we started to use these EO’s more as a medication alliterative for my daughter’s allergies and such. Frankincense I have used to promote breast health and immunity, I use therapeutic grade so I can ingest by veg cap. So far we’ve seen amazing results.

    Your site is wonderful and love all of the useful hints you write about so I am looking forward to following you. Have a great night! Allie.

  5. Let us know how it works for your endo pain. I would be willing to give this a try if i knew it made a difference. Been having real bad pain lately. 🙂 Thank you!!!

  6. I am so happy to hear that you have had success with lavendar for fibromyalga! I just recently discovered doTERRA oils. doTerra oils are safe to take internally (except a very few that say to not). I would not ever suggest to take any other essential oil internally, because so many add fillers. While those fillers help keep the cost down, it also makes them ineffective and not safe for internal use. If you’d like more info about doTerra check out their site. I have heard first account success stories that are amazing! Let me know if you’d like more info too!

    1. I second doTerra oils. doTerra Frankincense CAN be used during pregnancy. I’m an example. I’ve had no problems, have been using it for a couple of months, and I’m seven-months pregnant.

  7. Hi Brit, thanks for this post! Because of your post, I went out today to the mall to get one immediately. However in Norway, i could only get undiluted version so had to buy jojoba oil separately. Could you advise the ratio to make into diluted version with jojoba oil?I would like to try that for my cramps and tummy issues, also my shoulder and neck pain!

  8. Frankincense oil is amazing i been using different types the best i come across is Boswellia Sacra oil i got it from http://www.puresacra.com its 100% pure and natural i use it internally also. they also have the Frankincense incense resin too

  9. I herniated a disc & got to where I couldn’t walk. I don’t even mean I couldn’t tough through it, but physically could not walk. I had my husband bring some frank home & I applied it, mixed with olive oil, to my spine. It was the 1st night in a week I got sleep & I was walking the next day. Same day as my chiro appointment & she was blown away too! I’ve used it for many things since. Love it!!

  10. I have to add that it still took a couple weeks to recover, but it was amazing how it helped my pain & inflammation tremendously. I had read studies that stated it helped heal herniated discs. Another friend used it after me & it worked on her back as well. That’s when I definitely knew it wasn’t all in my head. Used it on wasp stings & my daughter’s swollen eye. Both times worked like a charm for pain & swelling.

    1. Hi, thank you for your concern! I have been checked numerous times and continually get checked for Lyme disease due to all of my symptoms. So far it’s always been negative. I am very careful though and make sure to get checked every 6 months or so. xoxo

      1. . I am new and essential oils and have been very interested in the frankincense oil any comments unusual would be greatly appreciated thank you

    2. Many people have Lyme disease ( I am one of them along with my husband) It is often misdiagnosed as fibromyaligia but doctors do not believe lyme disease exists. If you have other symptoms flu like, brain fog, you might want to consider finding a doctor who will test you properly. It is important to get treatment my husband went 2 1/2 years being misdiagnosed and because of this he now will never be rid of this awful disease. I believe I got the disease from him. Just food for thought. Frankensense has helped my pain from the lyme.

  11. I was just reading online about how Fibromyalgia and lyme disease are connected! Please google it just in case, fibromyalgia is not fun.

  12. Britanie,
    Just want to let you know that many people with lyme do not ever get a positive lyme test. You need to go to a lyme doctor who treats according to symptoms and other blood labs would that point to lyme like CD57 and other markers…I have a daughter who almost died of lyme yet never has had a positive “lyme test”..

  13. I have struggled many years with chronic fatigue syndrome, body pain, and digestive issues. There was a longtime there were practically everything I ate was makeing me sick, not fun! I believe all of this was linked to an Autoimmune disease in fact I believe more people have this then realize it, and it is being caused by all of the toxins in our diets. Eat a well balanced whole food diet. To me that just means eating food the way it is found in nature, no processed foods or foods with anything artificial. Eat a lot of veggies (don’t over cook them), fruits, nuts seeds, meat and eggs from free roaming animals, there meat is more nutritious! Use a natural sweetness like raw honey, to much sugar or refined sugar can cause a lot of stomach problems, fatigue, even acne. I am now fatigue free, with no stomach problems or body aches. Well I hope this helps, Godbless and be well!

  14. Ive been using the Made from Earth Cucumber Gel because it really works for reducing discoloration from acne and sun spots. I emailed their customer services to ask about the ingredients, and they informed me that it has 22% vitamin C and thats what makes it work so well. There’s my good deed for the day 😉

  15. I owe smooth, beautiful and almost flawless skin thanks to regular use of EO, and also I have got rid of stress many times by diffusing lavender in my bedroom. I have never used Frankincense ever though, but will surely try them for internal health.

  16. Hi Britanie, thanks for this interesting post. I found it while researching information about frankincense oil that I have just bought to help skin problems. I wonderf how you are now. I read your health problems and thought it sounded like you could be gluten intolerant and probably intolerant to other foods as well. This could be made worse by Lyme disease. Avoiding the foods you are intolerant to really improves your feeling of well being. Obviously frankincense is helping a lot, so will a change of diet. Good luck. I do hope you get to read this message, or alternatively have now totally healed.

  17. I put frankincense in a defusher and breath it for the chronic inflammation that I have in my lungs….i do it 4 times a day and in 1-2 the pain is gone ….it is also a great expectorant ….

  18. I am very new to essential oils, but recently tried frankincense as it was recommended for MS. The brand I have does not smell pleasant, more like kerosene, for lack of a better description, but today is the first day and I have had unexpected improvement in muscle strength in my legs. If that can be credited, I can live with the smell (and taste), but from what I’ve been reading, it sounds like it doesn’t have to smell like that!

    1. Since that comment, I have continued taking 2 drops 3x/day internally (found it mixes very nicely with apple juice and I’ve gotten used to and actually enjoy the taste). I had been getting up at night every two hours to use the bathroom and now am sleeping 6 or more hours at a time. Yahoo!! I have also struggled with my weight forever. I have lost eight pounds since that original post. My appetite is less, cravings less. I have changed nothing else, so can only thank “Frank”!

  19. Hi I am using EO and wondering why different brands of Frankinsence smells different. DoTerra, Divine Essence and Saje which has a rich woody spicy smell. I wonder what real Frank smells like??? Can you comment. Thanks

  20. Taking boswellia supplements is another way to benefit from frankincense. They are the same thing, the supplement is probably a safer way to use frankincense internally.

  21. thanks for this post. years old but still holds true, iam about to buy some of the oil for my fibro as well.

  22. Since learning about essential oils I LOVE Frankincense! My go to must have every day are Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint and of course Frankincense. Your blog says you put Frankincense on a cotton ball and inhale it. You are wasting your oil with the cotton ball. Pour the oil right into your hand and rub hands together and place hands in from of face and breath in….amazing.You skin in your hands is absorbing the oil and breathing it in makes everything better. I have used the expensive name band oils, but I have found Edens Garden is just as good of product for half the cost. There is no middle man, you buy direct from the manufacturer. Free shipping too

  23. Any one every heard of Frankincense oil helping those with pseudoseizures, as opposed to medication. I hear when you feel that feeling come over you, with end result ,full blown seizure, you inhale Frankincense oil, to open up your brain to more oxygen, to essentially stop the seizure in it’s UGLY tracks. Any truth to this? Thank-you for listening out there!

  24. Thank you for such a wonderful article dear and from my side I want to say that i am using shea moisture body care products from long and its really effective. SheaMoisture’s Raw Shea Butter infused with Frankincense & Myrrh provides intense hydration, repairs and rejuvenates dry, dull skin while preventing early signs of aging.

  25. I love Frankincense and use it often for skin care. I am wanting to add a little geranium and myrrh too so can’t wait to make up my own serum as soon as I receive these. Thanks for the post.

  26. I have been using the diluted version as a topical skin ointment, often mixed with coconut oil. Does anyone know the ratio of Frankincense to Jojoba in the Diluted version?

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